|Date:||27 Aug 2017||Weather:||15’C, cloudy, light wind|
|Height gain:||548 ft||Distance:||1.7 miles|
|Time taken:||1 hour||Wainwrights:||31 of 214|
Route: From Rakefoot following footpaths up to top and back the same way.
It’s the first day of the holiday – we haven’t been up here for a year and we’ve booked two weeks this time staying near Bassenthwaite, Keswick. Unfortunately S started with a cold the day before we came away so we decide to start slowly with a quick trip up Walla Crag.
We park at the end of a skinny road at Rakefoot – just room for a few cars and we manage to find a space. I have my new Garmin watch in use for the first time – an article in the Sunday paper earlier in the month alerted me to the fact that technology had moved on and you could now get GPS, a wrist based heart rate monitor and a barometric altimeter in one gadget – the holy grail and after a fun afternoon of gadget research the Garmin was purchased later that day.
We get our boots on and cross a footbridge over Brockle Beck and find the footpath – well quite a few footpaths. We huff and puff the short distance to the top and arrive in less than half an hour:
It’s busy up here as you would expect on a bank holiday Sunday. The views are good down over Keswick, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite :
The cloud is low but the view towards Catbells and the Newlands fells looks atmospheric:
We take a few photos but don’t hang around too long in the crowds before heading back down. We’re back at the car in less than an hour and it’s not even midday yet.
This is a great viewpoint for not much effort very close to Keswick – a deservedly popular short stroll for a Sunday morning. The new gadget seemed to work well – from here on in you can be sure that the mileage, height gain and time taken noted in these reports are all very accurate.